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Term 3 – Last week

And just like that, we come to the end of the term and the end of the academic year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of the students in the class for the wonderful year we have had and for all the great memories we made while learning new things. I am proud of everyone for how much they have grown and matured as students and humans. I wish them each and every one all the best for their future.

At this time of the year, it is also time to say goodbyes to some of our class. Julia will return to Brazil from our class, and Nikol will move to Busan.

It is also the end of an era with Dave leaving being with HFS from FS1 all the way through to Year 9, and the school will not be the same without you around Dave.

I wish all the learners in our class great success and all the best for the next chapter in their lives.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents for their support throughout the year.

This week we also had the opportunity to complete some of our different subjects if the Respect unit for IMYC and go on an end-of-school trip to Gyeongju World. It was a highly anticipated outing that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

Term 3 – Week 10

As we complete the penultimate week of school, summer is in the air, and everybody is getting excited for the summer break; we are still working hard and getting lots of learning done. It was also great to see so many of you for the parent-teacher interviews taking an interest in your child’s education and supporting them.

In Math, we continued with our unit on interpreting data, where we looked at drawing and interpreting time series graphs and stem and leaf plots. We also took the opportunity to collect some original data from activities in the class and will use this data to practice analyzing data.

In English, this week, the students were set the task of making a presentation on behalf of a homeless charity. They had to explain about the charity, history, aims, projects and what they would do if they were given a grant to fund a project. At the end of the week, they presented to the rest of the class.

In Science, learners researched how animals use the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate while migrating. In History, the learners looked at how different groups of individuals reacted after the revolutionary war and who those groups were. In Geography, learners looked at new urbanism principles when comparing two different designed settlements and giving reasons why they would instead abide in one of the settlements. In DTI, learners practically experienced how the division of profits could be unfair to workers and how the fair trade organization seeks to rectify this situation through collaboration with all the role players, and how consumers have the power to decide.

We also had a very enjoyable class trip to Busan with a ride on the sea train. The students enjoyed learning a little about the history and geography of the area and just spending time with their peers.

That is for this week, and I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend. Next week will be the school’s end-of-year trip to Gyeongju -world and many other activities to mark the end of the academic year.

Term 3 – Weeks 8 & 9

Summer is approaching, and the weather is heating up, but that does not mean we are slowing down at HFS. The last two weeks were jam-packed with lots of activities and learning.

We had a fun filled and successful sports day at the end of week 7 where everyone had the opportunity to show off their sporting talent and have fun with their fellow students.

In Math, we have been looking at interpreting data, specifically at the difference between bar charts and histograms, looking at frequency density. We also looked at pie charts and how they represent data proportions, focussing on how to draw them and do calculations from already drawn pie charts.

This week in English, we finished reading Stone Cold by Robert Swindells. Based around the ending, students wrote a newspaper report and wrote diary entries from the perspective of the main characters.

In Science, the learners looked at the earth’s magnetic field, how this influences magnets in its area of effect, and how to use this knowledge to make a compass. They then had the opportunity to make an instructional video to showcase their skills. In History, the learners looked at the USA Declaration of Independence and what it meant for the colonists at the time and how it still influences the present time.

We also had a successful trip to Geoje, where the learners could make new friends from a different school and compete in sports against and with people outside our city. We are incredibly proud of how well our students behaved on and off the sports field.

End-of-year reports have been sent out with all the learners today; please take this opportunity to read through the report with your child and discuss with them what is written in the report. If you have any questions or comments or want to chat about your child’s progress, please use the link below to schedule an appointment with me.

Link to a parent-teacher meeting

We will also be taking a field trip to Busan on Wednesday 14 June. The students will be going by bus to Haeundae beach where we will then walk to Haeundae Blue Line Park where we will take the sea train to Songjeon Beach where we will eat a packed lunch before catching the train back to Haeundae beach. From there we will take the bus back to school. Please complete the permission slip below for the trip

Permission slip for field trip

That is all for this week I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend.

Term 3 – Week 7

We are at the end of another busy and exciting week where we had the opportunity to learn, develop new skills and make fun memories with our classmates as we did various activities.

In English this week, the students continued to read Stone Cold by Robert Swindells. The class analysed characters, found quotes to support their ideas and made a missing person linked to the problem in the story.

In Math, we used different measures of area and studied the relationship between these measures; we also looked at why the mathematical formulae of area are what they are. We then used these mathematical formulas to calculate the area of compound shapes and the total surface area of 3D shapes. We also used a shape’s cross-sectional area and width to calculate its volume.

In DTI, we had the challenge to practice batch production while making pizzas, of which the ingredients are within a 100-mile radius of the school. Some groups stuck to the challenge more closely than others, but both groups made delicious pizzas and worked together wonderfully to batch-produce their allotted pizzas in a good time.

In History, we started looking at the road to independence that the American colonies took to gain independence from Brittain. The learners researched some key and presented these as part of a timeline of events.

In Science, learners were given a scenario where they were lost in the woods and had to use their knowledge of magnets and the Earth’s magnetic field to solve this problem. They will then produce a how-to-style video about making a compass and finding their way home.

In Geography, learners finished and presented their home adverts made to sell a house by mentioning the new urbanist ideals that surround the house.

And lastly, on Friday, it was Sports Day, where our class showed great sporting behaviour and were kind, compassionate and extremely helpful; being a big reason why the day was such a great success, and everyone had a great time. All the staff members mentioned how well they acquitted themselves and what great role models they were.

That is all for this week; I hope everyone enjoys their long weekend.

Term 3 – Week 6

As we get into spring with the warmer weather and more rain falling, we are also getting closer to the end of the academic school year and have commenced our school-wide A, B, C…-countdown to the start of summer vacation. This does not mean that no academic work is taking place, and the students are hard at work learning new things and improving their skills.

In Math this week, we looked at length, area, volume and units used for these. The students converted between different units of measurements for area as well as converted between miles and kilometres.

In Science, we looked at the electromotor effect and made simple motors using magnets, batteries and wire. Some students were more successful than others in getting their motors turning, but everyone had fun while learning something new as they developed their growth mindset. For life science, the students researched and presented information on cardiovascular diseases in keeping with the unit on the circulatory system. In Geography, students looked at new urbanists and the Ahwahnee principles in designing modern cities to make them more friendly to live and work in. In History, we looked at the causes of the American Revolution, specifically actions taken by Briton that did not show merit to the colonists and led them to question the legitimacy of British rule.

In English this week, with have continued our work around Stone Cold by Robert Swindells. We explored dual narratives and character voices, and we wrote our own pieces of creative writing using these techniques. Also, we role-played as the antagonist of the story.

I would also like to remind everyone that next week Friday is sports day. This is an opportunity for all the school students to participate in outdoor activities and share some experiences together. It is not a competitive sporting meet, and there will be no winners announced at the conclusion of the day; the focus is more on our core values of leadership, respect, teamwork and growth mindset, and of course, having fun. The students have been divided into eight equal teams, so it is imperative that students be present on the day for this to run smoothly. The teams have been allocated colours, and we ask that each student wear a t-shirt that matches their team colours. Team Colours.

Just a few things to remember on the day:

  • Parents are welcome to come to enjoy the day watching their children have fun.
  • Sun caps
  • Sunscreen 
  • Water bottle
  • Non-microwavable lunch
  • Correct colour t-shirt
  • Winning is not everything
  • Appropriate footwear and clothing

That is all for this week, I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Week 5 – Term 3

We come to the end of the first whole school week in a while and what a busy and productive week it has been.

In Math, we studied translations of shapes, looking at transformations, reflections, rotations and enlargements.

In Science, students looked at using the scientific method of recording and conducting investigations by looking at magnetic fields and how they interact with compasses. In Geography, students compared and rated cities according to a rating scale to see how livable these cities were; they also looked at the phenomenon of urban sprawl, its advantages, disadvantages and causes. In History, we looked at the ideals and motivations of the first colonialists that immigrated to the American colonies as a precursor to find out why they eventually sought their independence. In Technology, we examined different types of farming, looking at the differences, advantages and disadvantages of these different types.

In English, we continued our novel study of “Stone Cold”, the class wrote scripts to role play as the main characters.

That is all for this week, I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend.

Week 3 & 4 Term 3

We have had a busy time recently, with the residential trip at the end of week 3. What a fantastic trip it was; I was super impressed with each student’s attitude; they participated well in each activity and pushed themselves when things got hard. I am very proud of those for whom it would have been their first time away from their parents for a trip like this. I know we all had a lot of fun, made some precious memories, and gained unique experiences outside of the classroom. I am sure you all have seen the pictures Mr Green shared, but I would be remiss not to add the link again since they show how much fun the learners had so clearly. Here is a link.

We continued reading Stone Cold by Robert Swindells in English, analysing characters and writing descriptive pieces.

In IMYC, the students finished their unit on reflection and started on a new unit entitled Respect. The students also continued with their special life science unit on the circulatory system by looking at blood pressure. In Geography, we started looking at Urban Geography and what makes a city good or bad. In History, we started by looking at rules and systems of governance that have merit in the school and how we can affect change to these systems. In Science, the students studied magnets and what substances are magnetic and which are not. In Technology, we looked at the sustainability of food and things we can do relating to good and bad food for the environment.

In Math, the students learned how to use scale and bearing on maps and how to use those to find places on maps. We also looked at finding the length of line segments between two coordinate points, the midpoint and other points on a line.

That is all for this week; I hope everyone enjoyed their time as a family during the Childrens long weekend.

Week 2 – Term 3

Assessment week! This week all the students completed their respective Cambridge assessments; I would like to congratulate them on their resilience and the positive way they approached the exams. This is a necessary evil in school cycles and is a valuable skill the students are acquiring that will benefit them in their future academic endeavors.

Additionally, this week we continued learning new things and acquiring some new skills, in IMYC conditions were perfect for students to take their prototype kites they made in Design for a test flight. They then had to evaluate how well their kites performed and how they could improve their initial designs. The initial flights mirrored that of the SpaceX rocket launch and did not quite get off the ground the first time. Still, after a couple of alterations and design changes, there was more success with Dave, Haley and Julia making a fully functioning kite that maintained flight. In History, students completed our look at the cold war and are currently in the process of researching and producing a presentation about another conflict occurring during the cold war times. We also completed our Geography activities, where students looked at the complexities of global cooperation on climate change issues. In Science, we learned about the Doppler effect and its applications.

In Math, students started a unit about Maps, scale and directions. We looked at compass directions and scales and how to calculate real-life distance and map distance.

We also welcomed Mr Craig into our class; he is a learner teacher that is currently in his final year of studies and is doing his practical teaching at our school. He will teach Science and Geography and has already started the learners on a stand-alone life science unit on the circulatory system today.

We would like to remind parents that mobile phones and smartwatches that are connected to phones should be turned off and handed to the teacher or alternatively left in the student’s bag at their own risk.

We are also very excited about the upcoming residential trip that will be taking place next week, Wednesday through Friday.

That is all for this week, I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend.

Term 3 – Week 1

Welcome back to everyone at the start of the final term for the year. This promises to be a busy term with activities such as the assessment week and the upper-school residential trip happening in the first three weeks. In the assessment week, the year 9 learners will write their Cambridge Checkpoint tests, and the year 7,8’s will write their Cambridge progression tests.

In Math and English, we focused on exam preparation by doing practice tests to get the learners used to the way in which these questions are asked and the best way to answer them; this also gave us the opportunity to brush up on some of our skills that might have become rusty during the holidays.

In IMYC, we continued with our unit on Reflection that we started the last term. In Science, we looked at light and how it refracts when it passes from one medium to another. We also used what we have learned about reflection to build a periscope.

In Geography, we looked at how different countries are responding to the global climate change challenge by using hypothetical countries to come up with climate change resolutions that will also benefit the country. In History, we looked at proxy wars in the cold war using the Korean War as an example.

That is all for this week; I hope everyone gets enough rest and preparation for the exams and comes back ready for the next week.

Term 2 – Week 11

And just like that, we end an eventful term full of great learning and fun activities. During this week, we focussed on preparation for the Math progression and checkpoint tests, getting the learners used to the way questions are asked and how to answer exam-style questions. In Science, we looked at some of the science of light especially looking at reflection and refraction of light rays when they interact with different mediums. The learners learned about the angle of incidence and reflection and how light bends when passing from one medium to another. In History, we looked at some of the causes of the cold war and how decisions by one side influenced decisions made by the other. In Geography, learners gave some thought to different opinions on climate change and why there might be opposition to implementing the sweeping changes to counteract climate change through greenhouse emissions. In English, the learners completed their dioramas that depicted a specific scene from the novel Frankenstein.

That brings us to the end of this term, where the learners had the chance to celebrate the end of the term by having a dance party organized by the PTA; our sincere thanks to them, a great tie was had by all.

Next term will be a busy term both on the academic side and on the side of enrichment activities. On the academic side, there will be the Cambridge checkpoint tests (year 9) and the progression test (years 7-8). There will also be the residential trip for the upper school students that promise to be a great enrichment opportunity and great fun for all the students.

That is all for this term, I hope everyone has an enjoyable spring break and comes back ready for the last leg of the year refreshed and eager to learn.